Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
At My Desk
I have done my work at my desk today, I am sitting at Satoko's desk (Satoko is Marketing Director) while she is in Japan. From this place, I can see students get coming and going.
I helped a student who was interested in studying a high school in Wistler. He told me that he came to Vancouver after graduating from a junior high school in Japan. Unfortunately, there was not so much information about high school in Wistler, so we worked together to find more information. He was very interested in studying at diverse environment, so it would be great experience for him. After I talked to him, I thought what I was doing when I was his age, I didn't even think about studying abroad! I hope he has a wonderful experience in Whistler.
Other things I did today were I posted "Dear Ai" for her blog page, and visited other blogs on the web to find more information. There are so many blog website, and some of them have rules to blog. For example, only Canadians can put their blogs. I'll try to find more Japanese-related blogs.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
I was reading a book at a cafe in downtown yesterday. Three young boys came up to me and told me that they were doing research for school project. I was asked if "Marijuana should be legalized." Where I come from, Japan, we don't talk about it openly, so this question made me think about cultural difference between North America and Japan.
I finished translation, VEC News, from yesterday. It includes information about summer campaign, VEC's English Only policy, and VEC Directory. This news is also available in Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. If you are interested, visit the website above for more information.
I haven't tried listing this blog and "Dear Ai" these days. I feel I'm such a procrastinator... Probably I'll do it tomorrow.
Monday, June 07, 2004
Some Administrative Work 2
It was a nice weekend, I started reading "The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn" and watched "The Last Samurai." I was a history major in Japan, so "The Last Samurai" was quite interesting for me to watch. I was interested in how they depicted Japanese culture from Western culture. I recommend you to watch this movie if you are interested in Japanese culture.
I came to school 8 a.m. this morning and started working. I did some translation work and answered questions from students. Also, I counseled trial lesson students after they finished their classes. Seems like most of trial lesson students enjoy their classes, which is the most important thing, and we receive good feedback from them. I am not sure if we receive feedback from VEC students after they finish each session. I would also like to know how they like the classes.
I will be working on translation and some other works tomorrow.